Since grade school I’ve been enamored with October. Cooler temperatures, football, the burning smell of leaves (Ohio style), chili on the stove, and costumes! Although I am in LA now and there’s still a 90 degree heatwave, I still retain the same love for the idealization of Autumn.
Although I no longer meticulously organize my Halloween booty by brand, king size vs. mini, and favorites vs. yuck (Almond Joy vs. Milk Duds/Necco Waffers/Double Bubble), I still enjoy quite a few things about this season.
5. Pumpkin Pumpkin EVERYWHERE
Before there was Startbuck’s PSL, there was pumpkin everything else. Remember those little pumpkin shaped candy-corn candies? And candy corn in general?! Pumpkin pies, pumpkin bread, pumpkin beer, and good ol’ roasted pumpkin seeds. Let’s face it, there’s not one of you that hasn’t spent 2 hours on Pinterest looking through all the recycled ideas to best utilize those magical orange fruits. (Yeah, it’s a fruit…look it up!)
If I had kids I’d be dangerous. I love nothing more than decorating for themed holidays.
According to statisticbrain.com, $7 billion dollars is spent on Halloween annually. It’s gone beyond making the kiddos “enjoy” chores by raking those leaves into spider-shaped trash bags.
Now, I expect and am comforted when I call home and hear that my parents have purchased yet another derivation of a stuffed cat whose head spins from the Hobby Lobby.
3. The Holiday Lead-Out
As both a kid and an adult, I know two things about October. It contains Halloween…and it is the start of the lengthy holiday season. Halloween is 100% the pre-Thanksgiving pie and the pre-Christmas flight and vacation planning month.
The stores are already unveiling their holiday displays during October. In the Halloween state-of-mind I’m already planning the last three months of 2014. It’s nothing but festivities from here on out, so grab your witches broom, your Turducken, and hop on Santa’s sleigh to fly into the New Year.
2. Costumes…On Your Pet
I know, I know…dressing up Fido is “inhumane,” stress-inducing on your pet, blah blah blah.
You know what it is? It’s damn cute…and it’s a million dollar industry. For four years my little Charlie has been forced to walk around town dressed like a mini-Dumbo and for four years I not-so-secretly smile at all the “oohs, aahs, and ‘How Adorable’s.'” This year he graduates (outgrew) into a crocodile. You can’t not stare at these little guys…and he loves the attention too.
1. Costumes…On Humans!
Despite the eye rolls from family and friends, I’d like to believe there are a few that cheer on my now 12-year-old bumble bee costume tradition. Beyond every beer, glitter, and sweat stain is a memory. I’m pretty sure it’s how Batman feels when he puts on his mask. Bzzzz.